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Supervisor Ronen unveils measure to combat Trump policies in San Francisco

In an effort to combat discriminatory federal practices, Supervisor Hillary Ronen today filed a proposed ballot measure that would provide protections for members of marginalized and minority groups that may have been affected by the Trump Administration’s policies. If passed by voters in November, it would allow the city to monitor activity at the local level and verify that resources...

Angela Alioto’s plans could undermine SF sanctuary policy, even if they don’t do a damn thing

Even if the changes are cosmetic, the demonization of immigrants, and the impression cops are cooperating with ICE, may silence victims Bless Angela Alioto. She really seems to believe all the amazing things she says. That’s a useful trait for both a trial lawyer and a politician. She has excelled in both fields. And yet, the amazing things she puts...

Homeland security agents raid apartment on SF’s Mission St.

Some 10 Department of Homeland Security agents descended on an apartment building between Mission Street between 18th and 19th Thursday morning to execute a federal search warrant, and took one Latino man, named Brian, into custody. The Homeland Security Investigations agents, outfitted in bulletproof vests, repeatedly said it was “not an immigration matter” and there were no collateral arrests —...

Mission activists renounce Alioto’s calls for repealing sanctuary city rules

With about two dozen people present, a coalition of activists from the Mission district held a last-minute press conference at the 24th Street BART station to condemn plans by mayoral candidate Angela Alioto to repeal the city’s blanket sanctuary status for immigrants. The gathering happened on Friday afternoon, a day after Alioto made the plans public. As reported in the...

ICE raid false alarms throw SF Mission community into panic

Community members went into a panic on Wednesday after rumors spread that agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, were raiding various locations in the Mission and Bayview. John O’Connell High School locked its doors and posted security outside, according to a source. But the rumors turned out to be false alarms. Members of the San Francisco...

SFPD will not cooperate with ICE during expected raids, Chief says

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott made it clear at Wednesday’s Police Commission meeting that his officers will not cooperate with federal immigration agents during raids that are expected soon in Northern California. “Our instructions have been clear in terms of our policies … SFPD will not assist in any federal immigration enforcement,” he said. “That’s the message we’re putting...
Mural of woman and child on Balmy Alley

Mission reacts to the end of protected status for Salvadoran immigrants

On an already gloomy and rainy day in San Francisco, Salvadorans with temporary protected status in the city learned that they may be forced to leave the country by September of 2019, Trump’s administration announced Monday. The Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program allowed Salvadorans to live and work in the United States after a devastating 2001 earthquake in their home...

Disillusioned with the Cuban Revolution, he ends up running a surrealist cafe in San Francisco

Radio Habana Social Club sits tucked away on 1109 Valencia St., its blue awning faded and its windows covered with flyers and posters. Except for a small neon “open” sign, you might miss it. But on a Friday night,  it is standing room only in the tiny café. If you weren’t paying attention, you might also miss Victor Navarrete. Navarrete...

Ronen wants answers on mental health beds and 16th Street BART station

Mission Local checked in this week with Hillary Ronen about her first year on the job as District 9 Supervisor and some of the changes in the neighborhood. Ronen talked about her goals for building 5,000 affordable units of housing in the Mission over the next 10 years, her priorities for public safety, and the complicated needs evident at the...

After decision to end protections for some immigrants, advocates push back

The Trump administration’s decision Monday to end temporary protections for Nicaraguans has put hundreds of thousands of other Central American immigrants on edge. Advocates urged all residents on temporary protected status to look at ways in which they might become permanent immigrants. “We’re calling all TPS holders from all 13 countries, as well as Dreamers, to continue to seek legal...

Kate Steinle’s accused killer gives erratic account of Embarcadero murder

The lead homicide detective in the Kate Steinle case testified Wednesday about the dramatic twelve hours that followed Steinle’s death, beginning with the first 911 call to report a shooting on Pier 14 and ending with a four-hour interrogation. Prosecutor Diana Garcia played a video of the interrogation in court, and argued that it shows Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who...

Gun that killed Kate Steinle was not fired by accident, expert testifies

On Tuesday, the sixth day of the Kate Steinle murder trial, a San Francisco Police Department criminalist testified that the gun involved in Steinle’s death could not have fired as a result of being hit or dropped. But the defense’s main argument is that the shooting two years ago on Pier 14 was an accident. “My opinion is that the...

Supervisor to Washington: Protect immigrants who fear danger in home countries

District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen is asking Washington to extend its protection of migrants who cannot return to their countries of origin because of war or natural disasters, but who don’t have refugee status. At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Ronen introduced a resolution that calls on the Federal Government to extend the Temporary Protected Status program for people from...